6.9/10
430
12 user 1 critic

Romance in Manhattan (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 11 January 1935 (USA)
Rejected as an immigrant because he doesn't have the required $200, a Czech immigrant jumps ship and is befriended by a chorus girl and becomes a taxi driver.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After crooked nightclub owner Chips Maguire murders a police informant, he blackmails his piano player to allow him to stay at his eccentric mother's boarding house.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, Jeffrey Lynn
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mary, a working girl, shares a Greenwich Village apartment with Jack, an artist-night watchman. They share the apartment on a shift basis never seeing each other. Mary develops a hearty dislike for Jack until she meets him.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Norman Foster, George Sidney
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Snooty concert pianist Eric Phillips is tired and beginning to fear he's losing his talent. His condition is not helped when he discovers he's the owner of an apartment building and the ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: David Niven, Jane Wyman, Victor Moore
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Mary, a sometimes employed Midwest transplant living in New York is forced to share an apartment with Jack, a starving artist-night watchman. Both having problems paying their rent, ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: James Dunn, Whitney Bourne, Joan Woodbury
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young girl rents an apartment from a man who has recently enlisted in the Marines. The trouble is that he's given out keys to a half-dozen of his friends, and they all keep dropping in.

Director: Joe May
Stars: Simone Simon, James Ellison, William Terry
Jigsaw (1962)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Jack Warner, Ronald Lewis, Yolande Donlan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Ginger Rogers and Dennis Morgan, serving on a sequestered jury during a murder trial, fall in love. She is divorced, he is married.

Director: Bretaigne Windust
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, Thelma Ritter
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a rich but cantankerous dowager on an isolated estates hires an engaging handyman, her niece/companion becomes suspicious of his motives.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Merle Tottenham, Kathleen Harrison, Dame May Whitty
The Expert (1932)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An old yet spry man comes to Chicago to live with his son and daughter-in-law. Despite the old fellow's good intentions, he becomes a useless irritation to the couple. However, Grandpa ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Charles 'Chic' Sale, Dickie Moore, Lois Wilson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A woman who owns a boarding house winds up being the "mother hen" to the assorted mobsters and racketeers who live there. When her foster son decides to take the blame for a murder that was... See full summary »

Director: John Francis Dillon
Stars: Billie Dove, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Helen Ware
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A wealthy heiress returns to a small Arkansas town to furtively reward the townsfolk who helped to save her life when she was a young girl.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Arthur Hunnicutt
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Playboy Bill Carey woos a half-caste beauty in French Indochina, but her second-class legal status makes a formidable barrier.

Directors: Jack Conway, Leslie Fenton
Stars: Robert Taylor, Hedy Lamarr, Joseph Schildkraut
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Sylvia Dennis
Arthur Hohl ...
Halsey J. Pander
Jimmy Butler ...
Frank Dennis
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Officer Murphy
Helen Ware ...
Miss Anthrop
Eily Malyon ...
Miss Evans
Lillian Harmer ...
Mrs. Schultz
...
Minister
...
Police Sergeant
Oscar Apfel ...
The Judge
Reginald Barlow ...
Customs Inspector
Edit

Storyline

Czechoslovakian immigrant Karel Novak fulfills his dream of coming to America only to learn at Ellis Island the entrance fee has been raised from $50 to $200. Unable to pay, he is put on a ship going back to Holland, but jumps off, swimming to Manhattan, and losing his wallet on shore. He is elated at what he sees, the skyscrapers, the automobiles and the opulence. While stealing doughnuts from a lunch table for girls rehearsing for a show, he befriends 19-year-old chorus girl, Sylvia Dennis, who then lets him sleep on the roof of her apartment building. Her young brother, Frank, gets him a job selling newspapers and he gradually works up into driving a cab. Meanwhile, romance blossoms, and when authorities threaten to send Frank to a young boys' home until Sylvia gets married, Karel proposes and Sylvia accepts. But the spectre of his illegal status causes him to see a lawyer about becoming a citizen. He unknowingly goes to shyster Halsey J. Pander, who turns him in for the money. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

11 January 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El embrujo de Manhattan  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams is in studio records/casting call lists as a cast member, but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Karel Novak: [Rapturously] Oh, America!
Sylvia Dennis: The way you say America it sounds like you thought it were Heaven.
Karel Novak: It might be.
Sylvia Dennis: Not my idea of Heaven. Too much noise and dirt and worry about eating.
See more »

Connections

References Follow the Leader (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Ach Du Lieber Augustine
(ca 1768) (uncredited)
Traditional German folksong
Whistled by Jimmy Butler
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Particularly compelling film of love's obstacles.
16 August 2001 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

This delightful work details the struggle of a Czech illegal immigrant, Karel Novak (Francis Lederer), to remain in the United States during the Depression, with a sparkling script limning the cultural impact of New York City upon the newcomer. Stephen Roberts directs with his customary skill in one of his final films (he died shortly after at the age of 40) and avoids both the hyperbolic and hypocritical, particularly significant when we are given the insincerity which marks the current immigration debate with its rough moral equivalence. The Bohemian-born Lederer's strong performance is quite probably his best, with an excellent and witty scenario providing the cast, which includes many of RKO's many contract players, an opportunity to create characterizations that are well-defined. Ginger Rogers nicely portrays Lederer's love interest and there is excellent acting from Sidney Toler and J. Farrell MacDonald as two of a contingent of New York's Finest (all Irish, of course) whose assistance is crucial to the process of bringing the complicated events to a suitable climax. Superlative editing by Jack Hively must be recognized as must the top-flight camera-work of Nick Musuraca, each contributing mightily to a film which should be better known.


28 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Trivia jonkennedy
Discuss Romance in Manhattan (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?